Obituary: Harry Merlin Mose Jarrett

Here is most of the text of the longer obituary that ran about Grandpa in Tuesday’s Bradford Era and also the Olean, NY paper:

Harry Merlin Mose Jarrett, 87, of 285 Bolivar Drive, also of Key Largo, Fla., died Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 22, 2004) in Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, Fla., after a brief illness.

Born in Renovo on Dec. 28, 1916, he was a son of Harry N. and Ruth Long Jarrett. On Aug. 5, 1937, in Emporium, he married Mary Ann Weaver of South Renovo.

Mr. Jarrett graduated from Renovo High School in 1934. He was a veteran, having served six years in the U.S. Navy as a machinist on the USS Medusa. He also served over two years in the U.S. Maritime Service, graduating from Officer’s Candidate School in Fort Trumbull, Conn. His remaining service was as a technical instructor at Fort Trumbull.

After World War II, he was employed as a machinist/toolmaker at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines in Hartford, Conn., before accepting a job as an engineer for Bovaird Co. in Bradford in 1948. In 1963, his entrepreneurial spirit led to his founding of Jarrett Machine Co., a precision jobbing machine shop.

Mr. Jarrett was energetic and creative, providing manufacturing and engineering services to his customers. He was awarded two patents in his career. He greatly enjoyed the people he worked with, his customers and suppliers, and fellow Bradfordians in the business and professional community. He was pleased to have provided jobs for the people of Bradford.

He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge #334 F&AM. He had been a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Bradford Club. He served many years on the Foster Township Authority. At the time of his death, he was still serving as chairman of the board of Jarrett Machine Co.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary Ann, are two sons Robert M. (Marie) Jarrett of Bradford and John P. (Linda) Jarrett of Pinehurst, N.C.; five grandsons, Paul J. Jarrett of Washington, D.C., Michael R. Jarrett of Savannah, Ga., James Harry (Teresa) Jarrett of Baltimore, Md., Charles J. (Sarah) Jarrett of Smyrna, Ga., and Richard H. (Cathy) Jarrett of Liverpool, N.Y.; a great-grandson, William S. Jarrett of Smyrna; and a brother Paul A. (Ruth) Jarrett of Warner Robins, Ga. He was predeceased by a sister, Catherine; and three brothers, Harold, Earl and Robert.

The Jarrett family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street. A Masonic service will follow at 7 p.m., given by members of Masonic Lodge #334 F&AM. Burial will be in North Bend Cemetery, North Bend, at a later date. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA.

Pictures of my grandfather and the rest of the crew can be seen in my previous posting, Three Generations of Jarretts .

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